Plenty to choose from, but these stand out as some of the better ones.
1) Titan Poker $50k EPT freeroll
Not exactly a holiday promotion per se, but qualifying ends Dec. 31, so it should be stop one over the holidays for anyone who hasn't qualified yet.
First place in the Jan. 6 freeroll takes $45,000 for three EPT buy-ins + travel expenses, plus an extra $5k sis pread from spots 2-30.
Which is a really sick payout for a limited-field event.
Freeroll's open to all PokerListings.com players (signed up at Titan through a PokerListings link) with 250 points between July 1 and Dec. 31.
For details, check here.
2) CD Poker $30k Xmas race
Another solid room on the iPoker network, CD has been making big strides over the past year and is paying it back over the Christmas holidays, handing out over $30k in cash to its VIP club players.
All you have to do is log in and play between Dec. 12 and Jan. 1. Rewards are based on the Xmas Points you earn, with every $2 in rake or tournament fees equaling one Xmas Point.
3) Pacific Poker Prize Surprise
Log into your Pacific Poker account from December 12-21 and you might have a special message waiting for you from the "888 Santa."
If you do, you'll win one of these prize surprises:
- $8 bonus
- $88 bonus
- Free seat to a $15k tournament where first prize is $8,888
Get a free seat surprise, register under the multi-table tab within 24 hours. Tourney goes Dec. 23 at 6 p.m. (GMT).
4) Double Your Full Tilt Points
Play any real-money ring games between midnight Dec. 17 and 11:59 PM (EST) Jan. 4 and Full Tilt will double the amount of points you get for all days you earn at least 20 points.
Once you've reached 20 points, there's no limit to the amount of bonus points you can collect per day.
Your extra points will be paid out in a lump sum on Jan. 4 and you can then go hog wild at the Full Tilt store buying iPods, Full Tilt jerseys, plasma screens and more. You can also buy into special sit-and-gos and MTTs.
Unfortunately, you cannot buy Allen Cunnigham's brain.
5) 12 Days of Christmas at Everest Poker
No points for originality on the theme, but a good one nonetheless. Starts on Saturday, Dec. 22 and continues over 12 days, with the chance to win an Xbox 360, Apple iPod Touch, LG Flat Panel LCD monitor and tons more.
Just one Summit point during each day is enough to get one you entry into the daily prize sweepstakes. For each additional Summit Point you'll get another entry, which can add up pretty quick.
Also on the agenda: 30 players will each get $50 in cash every day; 50 Summit Points and you'll be entered into the cash prize sweepstakes.
6) "Empty Santa's Sack" at Carbon Poker
Umm, excellent originality points for promotion name, although still rather disturbing. Nonetheless: definitely worth a spin through Carbon Poker for its holiday promos and its wicked vector graphics.
Surprise sit-and-gos with double the prize pools, special deposit bonuses and a month-long scavenger hunt with sick prizes are just a few of the things in "Santa's sack."
Again, not a specific holiday promo, but it's the last chance to win a package to the Aussie Millions at PlayersOnly.
Tourney goes Sun. Dec. 23 and direct buy-in will cost you $235+$15. For every $14,000 in the prize pool, PlayersOnly will award one package to the richest tournament in the Southern Hemisphere.
Also of note: Average temperature in Melbourne in Jan. is like a really nice hug.
For a quick poker fix in between cheeseballs, try out these super-fun ultrafast turbo tournaments where players get just 60 chips and blinds start at 10-20.
Three different options:
- $2+20¢ - 10 players - Winner takes all $20
- $2+20¢ - 50 players - Winner gets $50, runner-up $30 and third place $20.
- $10+$1 - 10 players - Winner gets $89 and runner-up a new $10+1 ticket to try again.
And there you have it: a quick glimpse at some of the best online poker has to offer over the holidays.
Good luck and good flops.
On a side note:
Recommended Non-Traditional Poker Reading:
Stephen Elliott's Poker Report from McSweeney's
Recommended Holiday Video to Make You Feel Better About Yourself
Whether you win or lose at poker over the holidays, you win if you didn't feel the need to live in a snow globe for 78 hours.